Mini Implants

Mini-Implants – A Dental Breakthrough for Denture Patients Suffering from Loose Lower Dentures!

What Are Mini Dental Implants?

Mini dental implants are ultra-small diameter (l.8 millimeter width), biocompatible titanium alloy implant screws, conceived and designed over 20 years ago by a dentist, Victor I. Sendax, DDS. Dr. Sendax originally created the unique design of this unique dental product as a transitional device to help support fixed bridge replacements for lost teeth. His novel theory was that mini implants could function free standing by themselves or in combination with natural tooth supports and/or larger conventional type dental implants. This was a revolutionary concept in dental science. Mini implants can be used to replace single missing teeth or support full or partial dentures.

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“I just wanted to thank the people that are responsible for this mini dental implant procedure. It has changed my life. I lost my teeth at the age of twenty-three and was never able to wear anything but a top plate. It affected my entire personality and therefore, the course of my life. I learned about the mini dental implant procedure by accident while looking at various dental subjects on my computer and decided to check in to it further. I had the procedure done about seven months ago, and it’s wonderful.”


“My mother was in a lot of pain from ill-fitting dentures. I looked all over for a dentist with experience placing mini implants and happily found Lifesmiles. The staff at Lifesmiles made my mother feel comfortable and relaxed. The dental implants were a perfect fit and made my mother very happy.
I took my mother out to dinner for the first time in years. She can now eat without any problems. Her quality of life has been improved immensely.” Thank you Lifesmiles for all your help.”


Is the Mini Dental Implant FDA approved?

Yes. FDA has deemed the product was safe for public use and in fact stated its beneficial attributes. The FDA granted its formal consent to market the Mini Dental Implant device not only as a transitional or temporary dental product, but significantly, as a long-term item.

When can Mini Dental Implants be used?

When critically needed for support purposes, and where solid bony adaptation (integration) has clearly occurred, mini implants can function as long-term supporting structures rather than as short-term or medium term devices. In fact, some have been successfully functioning in patients’ jaws for several decades. In the past several years, some clinicians have been utilizing mini implants for single tooth replacements and in crown and bridge cases. Mini implants are a very cost effective way to stabilize dentures and improve the ability to eat and enjoy life more fully.

What’s the primary and most effective use for Mini Dental Implants?

The most effective use of this unique dental product is stabilization of a lower denture. There are approximately 50,000,000 people in the United States who are “edentulous” (literally meaning lacking teeth) who struggle daily with prosthetic devices. A majority suffer a great deal of discomfort as a result of loose or ill-fitting dentures. Many denture wearers simply withdraw from any type of social engagement as a result of being compelled to wear them. Moreover, it’s not uncommon for family members to complain about a denture wearer’s disagreeable breath as a result of food being trapped and decaying under their denture prosthesis.

Successful placement of the Mini Dental Implant addresses and solves all of these social and practical problems. Denture patients all over the world have experienced relief from loose or ill-fitting dentures from doctors who are trained to place mini dental implants. Uniquely, these can be utilized to stabilize a denture in a couple of hours by a trained doctor, with the patient leaving the office with a stabilized denture.

How specifically can Mini Dental Implants help denture wearers?

The standard insertion protocol for mini dental implants calls for four of them to be gently screwed into the front of a patient’s lower jaw. This is a relatively painless procedure that can be performed by a general dentist, requiring only a mild anesthesia. The mini dental implants, which are approximately the size of wooden toothpicks, are placed about five millimeters apart in the patient’s mandible. The patient’s denture is then carefully adjusted by the dentist to allow it to snap onto the four mini implants. The result? A tight fitting, completely reliable system that allows a patient to speak and eat with confidence.

The Mini Dental Implants are placed in about an hour’s time. Because of the unique, minimally invasive procedure, the minute size of the implants, and the characteristic placement area, the typical Mini Dental Implant (MDI) patient can enjoy a light meal an hour or so after having the mini implants placed. Furthermore, a denture patient who has had his or her prosthesis stabilized with MDI can remove and replace the denture easily after a little practice, and can easily utilize good dental hygiene. All in all, the MDI is quite satisfying.

Why Choose Lifesmiles for placing Mini-implants?

The dentists at Lifesmiles have been credentialed with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the most prestigious implant organization in the world, and is certified to place mini-implants. This revolutionary procedure is rapidly becoming the preferred way to stabilize dentures and significantly improve the quality of life of denture wearers in the US.

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